Seven years ago, the city of Boston joined the national Scripps Spelling Bee competition and announce that it would begin to send a representative to the finals in Washington DC. And right there at the beginning, the Nazzaro Center has been instrumental in seeing that the North End community was included. And so, for the 7th consecutive year, two Nazzaro Center members, one from each of the local schools, took part in the regional bee held at the BCYFMildred Community Center on Saturday March 21 to determine which Boston representative would head to the nation’s capital in late May.

Two Nazzaro members, John Paul Giorgio from St. John’s School and Stephen Griffin from the Eliot, both survived their local bees held at the Nazzaro Center in the month of January amongst 40 4th-8th graders. Although neither of them survived the final contest (the eventual winner was a BLS student), they were nevertheless “winners”, to quote Mayor Marty Walsh, who was there Saturday and personally congratulated the boys for their commitment and effort.

The Nazzaro Center is equally as proud of these boys for having the dedication and courage to compete at such a high level on such a public stage and wish to take this opportunity to congratulate and thank them, and the other 40 or so participants, for representing the center and the community at the highest possible level.

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